Travel Safety and Medical Guidelines
The city of Rio de Janeiro is not an area of occurrence of yellow fever and vaccination has been made available to all population as prevention since last year. Up to the moment, there is no registration within the city of cases of disease in neither humans nor primates, which are the natural signals to verify the presence of virus circulating in a region.
It is important to clarify that the case of a primate identified with the yellow fever virus, according to recentlly disclosed, occurred at Environmental Reserve of Tinguá, in the city of Nova Iguaçu, at Fluminense Lowland. This place is located around 70 km far from touristic areas of the city of Rio de Janeiro.
The tourists who plan to visit Rio de Janeiro do not need to worry about the disease. It is enough to follow the international recommendations about vaccination of travellers, which can be consulted in public health service of their original country or:
- World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs100/en/)
- Centers for Disease Control (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/yellow-fever-brazil)
- IAMAT (https://www.iamat.org/country/brazil/risk/yellow-fever)
The IEEE WCCI 2018 is still scheduled to be held as planned, beginning July 8th, 2018.
The safety and well-being of all conference attendees is of most concern. We will continue to monitor any travel advisories issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and work with our local venue partners to take appropriate measures to remain current on the city’s preparedness to deal with any needs.
We urge all travelers to keep informed and check for updated information on the World Health Organization’s website on Yellow Fever (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs100/en/) as well the Centers for Disease Control’s reference materials (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/yellow-fever-brazil) for the most current information on risks, precautions and symptoms to make an educated decision.
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